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System Class for Data Clusters

As well as the statements IMPORT and DELETE it is possible, if necessary, to use the methods of the class CL_ABAP_EXPIMP_UTILITIES. These enhance the functions of the statements for data clusters.

  • They allow data clusters to be accessed in the individual storage media, of which only parts of the identifier id or of the area ar are specified, by determining the complete key.
  • Data clusters can be deleted generically using partly specified keys.
  • The release-dependent internal format of data clusters can be converted.
  • Data objects saved using DATA BUFFER can be created dynamically when read.

Other versions: 7.31 | 7.40 | 7.54


In application programs, the parameter CLIENT of the methods of the classes for accessing data clusters in database tables or in the shared memory in application programs of application clients cannot be given a value. These programs should only work with data from the current client.


The program DEMO_IMPORT_CREATE_DATA demonstrates how target objects can be created dynamically and filled using the method DBUF_IMPORT_CREATE_DATA of the class CL_ABAP_EXPIMP_UTILITIES.